Bulldogs Return To Action Saturday At Wofford

GAME NOTES: SAMFORD AT WOFFORD
 
GAME DAY CENTRAL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford football team will play on the road for the third time in the last four games when the Bulldogs play at Wofford Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Gibbs Stadium.
 
The game can be seen live on ESPN+ at the following link: WATCH LIVE. Live stats are also available at the following link: LIVE STATS.
 
Samford enters the game with a record of 2-3 overall and 1-2 in Southern Conference play. The Bulldogs are coming off a 45-42 loss at Mercer on Oct. 2. Wofford is currently 1-4 overall and 0-3 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers are coming off a 42-20 setback to rival Furman last Saturday.  
 
Samford and Wofford are meeting for the 19th time with Samford owning a 13-5 series lead. The teams last met on March 13, 2021, with Samford earning a 37-31 win at Seibert Stadium. The first meeting in the series came on Sept. 24, 1949, with Wofford taking an 27-13 win in Spartanburg, S.C. Samford has won the last six meetings in the series.
 
Samford head coach Chris Hatcher said he expects nothing less than another down-to-the-wire Southern Conference football game.  
 
“They are well coached,” Hatcher said of Wofford. “If you look at the scores each and every week in this league, it always comes down to the end. You have a couple each week that may get out of hand late. They are a good team. It’s their homecoming game, so they’ll be juiced up. They’ve played some really good competition. We expect another tough SoCon battle, and we’ve got to play well, and we’ve got to execute especially well down the stretch.”
 
PUTTING UP POINTS
Over the last six-plus seasons under head coach Chris Hatcher, the Samford offense has scored at least 30 points 38 times. The unit has put up at least 40 points 23 times, and at least 50 points a total of 10 times.
 
QUICK STRIKES
In six-plus seasons under head coach Chris Hatcher, Samford has made a habit of quick scoring drives. In Hatcher’s time at Samford, the Bulldogs have had 151 scoring drives of two minutes or less and 68 that have lasted one minute or less.
 
WELCH A RECORD BREAKER
During Samford’s 55-48 overtime loss to 15th-ranked ETSU on Sept. 25, Samford quarterback Liam Welch set Samford and Southern Conference records for passing yards (582), total offense (655), completions (56) and attempts (73). The 582 passing yards broke the old record of 570 set by Welch last season against VMI.
 
ROAD WARRIORS
With Saturday’s game at Wofford, Samford will have played four of its first six games on the road. The Bulldogs are 1-2 so far in road games. Samford claimed a 42-37 win at Western Carolina to go along with narrow losses at UT Martin (33-27) and Mercer (45-42). After this week, Samford will play three of its final five games at Seibert Stadium.
 
IMPROVING RUNNING GAME
In two of Samford’s last three games, the Bulldogs have had a running back rush for over 100 yards. In the win at Western Carolina, DeMarcus Ware rushed 26 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns. In the latest game at Mercer, Jay Stanton had 22 carries for 101 yards to lead the running game.
 
CREATING TAKEAWAYS
So far this season, the Samford defense has created 13 turnovers by its opponents, the highest number in the SoCon this season. The unit has caused five fumbles and eight interceptions.
 
GRADUATE STUDENTS MAKING AN IMPACT
Samford has eight graduate students on its 2021 roster. Dakota Chapman (RB), Nathan East (LB), Armond Lloyd (DL), Coutrell Plair (CB), Tyler Russell (LS), Seth Simmer (DL), Liam Welch (QB) and Deandre Williams (RB) are all earning graduate degrees at Samford.
 
SAMFORD AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA TEAMS
Samford has an all-time record of 39-28-1 against teams from the state of South Carolina, including a mark of 13-5 against Saturday’s opponent, Wofford.
 
AGAINST SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TEAMS
Since joining the Southern Conference in 2008, Samford has posted a record of 57-47 in conference games. All-time against the current members of the SoCon, Samford has a mark of 83-77-4, including a 13-5 record against Wofford. Samford’s all-time record against each current SoCon team is: Chattanooga (10-32-3), The Citadel (7-7), ETSU (6-3), Furman (11-12), Mercer (14-13-1), VMI (6-2), Western Carolina (16-3) and Wofford (13-5).
 
SPREADING THE BALL AROUND
Samford graduate quarterback Liam Welch has done a good job of spreading the ball around so far this season. Welch has completed passes to 15 different receivers, throwing touchdown passes to six different receivers. Montrell Washington leads the group with 31 catches for 458 yards and six touchdowns. 
 
WASHINGTON AMONG THE NATION’S BEST
Entering Saturday’s game at Wofford, senior wide receiver Montrell Washington leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game (183.2 ypg.). He also leads the Southern Conference in receptions per game (6.2), receiving yards per game (91.6), scoring (12.0 ppgs.), scoring by touchdown (12.0 ppg.) and  all-purpose yards per game (183.2 ypg.).
 
THE LAST TIME AGAINST WOFFORD
Samford and Wofford last met on March 13, 2021, with Samford earning a 37-31 win at Seibert Stadium. In the win for Samford, Liam Welch passed for 359 yards and a touchdown. Ty King caught seven passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. Dakota Chapman led the Samford running game with 38 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. Chris Oladokun scored a pair of one-yard rushing touchdowns as well. Chris Edmonds and Wade White had an interception each for the defense.
 
ON THIS DATE
Samford has an all-time record of 6-5-1 in games played on Oct. 16. The last time the Bulldogs played a game on the date was in 2010, a 27-10 loss to Furman. The first time a Samford football team played on the date was in 1905 when the Bulldogs defeated Jacksonville State, 32-0 in a game played in Anniston, Ala.
 
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